Why the time is now to prepare for a storm

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Most remember Hurricane Sandy. While Hurricane Florence is still way off the coast, destination unknown, Richard Branigan of the Connecticut Red Cross says she does fire off a warning shot for Connecticut residents.

“September is preparedness month and this should be the wake up call, you can’t wait until the last minute, They should be making their kit. They should be downloading the Red Cross app”, Branigan says. 

While dried goods, bottled water, blankets, flashlights and batteries are some of the bare essentials to go in the water proof kit,  Branigan recommends having extras for your phone to keep it running.

When the electricity goes out, many times the cell towers will stay up and you can keep informed through the internet and apps like the News8 app.

“People should buy an extra battery, and keep it charged, and plugged in. They can get another days worth out of their phone as a result of that. The time is now to think ahead”, Branigan says.

Sharon Corcoran says while she doesn’t overly prepare for a hurricane, she does keep batteries and flashlights on hand as well as an extra ration of food. “I have things in my freezer so that if the power goes out, there is enough in my freezer, that I could probably live two months with just the frozen foods that will defrost.”

Keep it tuned to News 8 for the latest hurricane information.

Click here for a storm safety checklist provided by the American Red Cross.

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